Florida district to require clear bags for middle, high school students

Middle and high school students will be forced to wear clear backpacks next year, the Alachua County school district announced Monday.

The decision to have clear backpacks also comes after a rise in youth violence this past year, school officials said, which includes the shooting at Robb Elementary in Uvalde, Texas where 19 students and two teachers died.

In May, an eighth-grade student at Fort Clarke Middle brought a gun to campus, which also played a role in the new mandate, said school board member Mildred Russell.

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